As a couple who like a little peaceful relaxation, we chose the Riviera in Malta due to it being advertised as secluded and it definitely delivered in that respect. I would go as far as saying it is quiet remote, with almost nothing else within walking distance except a bus stop, ferry terminal, scuba centre and a couple of boat trip/hire places. The bus is apparently very cheap, they do an “all day” ticket.
Upon arriving at the hotel, we learnt very quickly that the staff seem to be either helpful and friendly, or, miserable and surly. Unfortunately we encountered the latter all too often at the Riviera. We did, however, find some members of staff particularly cheerful throughout the week, especially Mary on reception, the girl regularly on the pool bar (I can’t remember her name) and Wayne and Mladen in the Charley Noble bar.
The Riviera building is very impressive and well finished in all the communal areas, with lavish amounts of marble and art. It is sadly let-down by the rooms, which are finished to a basic, but acceptable standard. The bathroom particularly was in need of renovation, with a leaking shower head and a general dated décor and fittings. The biggest let-down of all was the appalling air-conditioning which made the night’s heat unbearable. The hotel reception (and inevitably the response they’ll leave below) says it is controlled centrally, and comes on at 2pm, but as other reviews have shown it rarely stays on more than an hour or two. We ended up sleeping with the balcony door open every night.
The food was ok but not excellent. We managed to find something adequate every meal, however the selection was quite limited e.g.: 1 fish course, 1 meat course (a variation on meat with gravy every meal) and 1 vegetarian option for dinner (mainly pasta) plus a selection of salad (some quite tired) with roasted or boiled potatoes and rice (no chips), it was quite surprising that they didn’t serve ham and cold meat for lunch (for those who like sandwiches). The snacks in-between the meals served in 2 bars were appalling, and kept un-refrigerated. What struck us the most was that you couldn’t buy ice cream in the pool or lobby bar or any decent snacks other than crisps. I am astounded by the good reviews on the food. Having stayed at other AI hotels we have come to expect better, and the Riviera has much to learn in this respect.
The entertainment was dire and was the biggest disappointment at this hotel. It consisted of a bloke singing and playing a keyboard in a truly eurovision style almost every night, except when the animation team attempted a “disco” using the same 20 or so tracks they seem to play all day every day.
To conclude, this is much more like a 3 star hotel. Having paid the same money to stay in other AI hotels who have a much better variety and quality of food, better entertainment and ice cream, burgers, salad, etc available as snacks at all times, we found our stay here a little lacking. We had an acceptible stay but we wouldn’t choose to return to the Riviera.
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